Undergraduate Honors Theses

Thesis Defended

Fall 2016

Document Type


Type of Thesis

Departmental Honors



First Advisor

Annjeanette Wiese


This paper uses a neo-Wittgensteinian lens to explore the effect that language has on our conceptual intuitions, highlighting the fact that certain artworks, in so far as they are logically possible, provide special insight with regard to our conceptual concerns. Through an in-depth analysis of the comedic television series Rick and Morty, this paper will argue that our conceptual intuitions are often unable to be understood through the traditional analytic practice of explicating precise definitions in terms of necessary and sufficient conditions. Rather, to understand our concepts and the intuitions behind them we must expand our methods of analysis to include, at the least, things like artistic and cultural critique.